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Clonal Forestry: Out of the Lab, Finally

After 50 years of breeding and orchard production of southern pines, the full realization of genetic improvement is just now arriving in the form of clonal forestry. Several thousand acres of clonal loblolly pine have been planted in the last three years following decades of research at significant costs. Planting loblolly clones will increase by at least an order of magnitude in the next five years. Key drivers for this trend include gains in yield and disease resistance, quality traits, uniformity, speed of deployment per breeding cycle and the development of cost-effective production systems.


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Author(s): John A. Pait, III

Publication: Tree Improvement and Genetics - Southern Forest Tree Improvement Conference - 2005